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NBA Picks 2010-11 Season Preview for Philadelphia 76ers

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NBA Picks presents the 2010-11 season of the National Basketball Association for the Philadelphia 76ers, who have virtually nowhere to go except this season.

The 76ers finished with a dismal 27-55 SU record last season, penultimate in the Atlantic Division (just ahead of the NBA New Jersey Nets doormat) and third-last in the Eastern Conference.

Key staff and players who won’t be here this season include former head coach Eddie Jordan, who was fired the day after the 76ers ended the season, and players Samuel Dalembert and Rodney Carney.

New additions this season include head coach Doug Collins and players Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni. Turner was Philadelphia’s No.2 selection in the NBA Draft, while the latter two were acquired in a trade with the Sacramento Kings that sent Dalembert the other way.

Additionally, Rod Thorn has been named team chairman, and although GM Ed Stefanski remains with the team, Thorn is now the de facto GM.

Philadelphia’s defensive efficiency rating was 24th in the NBA last season, but that should improve in 2010-11 with Jrue Holiday and Andre Iguodala at the point guard and small forward, respectively.

And while he’s just a rookie, Turner should pay immediate dividends on defense, as he’s got the size to defend two guards, and will likely draw the third defensive mission behind Iguodala and Jrue, giving the 76ers three defenders. perimeter slightly above average.

Some of the team’s weaknesses include three-point shooting and defensive rebound, with Philadelphia ranking near the bottom of the NBA in three-point efficiency. Half-court scoring has also been an issue since Allen Iverson left and that will likely continue this season.


Source by Jimmy Reilly

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